Message from IMDPLA Metadata Committee


The Digital Public Library of America recently published a new version of its Metadata Application Profile (v. 5.0 available at The IMDPLA Metadata Committee has reviewed these changes against our mapping guidelines and there are no changes needed to our mapping guidelines at this time. In light of this review and IMDPLA’s move to regularly scheduled ingests, we would like to take this opportunity to offer a couple of reminders regarding the Type field and the Rights Statement field as used by DPLA.

The Type field, as defined by DPLA, is strongly recommended and used to describe the nature of the described resource. This may sound vague initially but there is a controlled vocabulary that DPLA wants from this field: the DCMI Type Vocabulary:

Those 12 terms are the main “types” that DPLA will use as a Type facet on their site so sending along one of those values in that field for each item helps that processing immensely. IMDPLA’s mapping guidelines for CONTENTdm users recommend mapping this Type to dc:type and non-CONTENTdm users can use the Type field in the IMDPLA Metadata Mapping Tool to map this content appropriately for sending to DPLA.

The other field with similar requirements is the Rights Statement field. DPLA is trying to make rights easier to understand by asking us to use one of the 12 standardized statement URIs from to organize and simplify the rights defined for each the millions of items they share. IMDPLA’s mapping guidelines for CONTENTdm users recommend mapping the Rights Statement to dc:rights and non-CONTENTdm users can use the Standardized Rights Statement field in the IMDPLA Metadata Mapping Tool to map this content appropriately for sending to DPLA.

The IMDPLA Metadata Committee has provided a Metadata Guide and is available to help you with your questions! If either of these fields are confusing to you or you would like help in working out how to map your collections to share through IMDPLA to DPLA, please contact us at:


Preview DPLA’s New Website


A beta version of DPLA’s newly redesigned website is available here:

The new site is very user-centered, and focuses more on tools researchers need. The search box is the main feature of the home page, and exhibitions, primary source sets, and user guides are also highlighted.

In development is the Pro Community website, where you will be able to learn more about DPLA’s organization, hub network, projects, and technology.

View Indiana Memory’s contributions in the new format here.

Wolf & Dessauer Department Store fire image in Indiana Memory-DPLA


According to analytics provided by DPLA, Indiana’s most accessed image in November was  Wolf & Dessauer Department Store fire (below) from Allen County Public Library.  WolfandDessauer

Wolf & Dessauer (the W&D) was founded in 1896 at 808 South Calhoun Street by Sam Wolf & Myron Dessauer, before moving the business, first to 119 West Berry in 1904, then to the northeast corner of East Washington Blvd. and South Calhoun Street in 1918. The company was sold to Irving Latz in 1920. Just after noon on February 10, 1962, an alarm was called in and the W&D, as well as surrounding stores, were evacuated as the Fort Wayne Fire Department began a battle that lasted for more than nine hours. Their efforts were hampered by frigid temperatures. The blaze flared up again in the warehouse on February 13th as hot spots reignited. The fire, termed the worst in Fort Wayne history, did about $3 million in damages, including gutting three of five buildings on Washington between Calhoun and Clinton. It was determined to have started in the store’s carpentry department. A few employees and fire fighters sustained injuries, but no lives were lost.

For more information on including Indiana’s digital content in DPLA, contact


Add Your Collection to DPLA


Does your institution have digital collections you’d like included in the Digital Public Library of America?  By connecting with the Indiana DPLAHub (Indiana Memory-DPLA), you can increase access to your digital assets by making them searchable among digital library content from across the nation.

IMDPLA’s last metadata ingest to DPLA was in September, and we now have over 235,000 digital objects described and attributed to our contributing institutions!  We are now preparing for the next quarterly harvest of Indiana data, which will take place late in the year.

If you have digital collections you’d like to include, there is time to prepare.  The deadline for this quarter is December 10th. If you have questions or need a hand describing your collection according to DPLA requirements, we invite you to contact us at, and we’ll do our best to guide you through the process.

Please consult the documentation on this site to get started.  Contact us if we can help further!


IMDPLA and the Metadata & Aggregation Team


Copyright Basics for Cultural Heritage Collections



Thank you to the attendees and all involved in the planning of this very successful conference!  Here are some helpful followup links:



  1. Greg Cram’s PowerPoint Presentation links –
  2. Rights Statements –
  3. Stanford Book Copyright Renewal Database –
  4. Catalog of Copyright Entry books, Internet Archive –
  5. Sunstein’s Copyright Termination Chart –
  6. Hirtle Chart (Copyright Term and the Public Domain) –
  7. State Copyright Laws, Harvard –
  8. Model deed of gift, RLI –
  9. LibLicense (free?) –
  10. Virtual International Authority File – http.//
  11. Indiana photographers death dates (
  12. NYPL PIC (Photographers’ Identities Catalog) –
  13. Watch File (Writers, Artists and their Copyright Holders) –
  14. TinEye Reverse Image Search –
  15. Google Reverse Image Search –
  16. Creative Commons –
  17. Agenda and attendees
  • Who: Greg Cram, the copyright attorney from New York Public Library
  • What: Copyright workshop sponsored by IMDPLA and The Indiana Album
  • Where: Indiana State Library
  • When: Monday, November 6, 2017 from 9:00-4:30
  • Why:

Feeling confused about copyright? As more of our cultural heritage is digitized and made accessible online by collecting institutions, users are encountering a bewildering variety of information about the rights in digital objects. Recognizing the need to standardize this information, DPLA and Europeana have developed a set of twelve rights statements that are simple, descriptive, and flexible. These statements can be found at

This workshop explores copyright and how to apply the correct rights statements to your collections. With librarians, archivists, and museum professionals in mind, presenter Greg Cram will discuss copyright basics, public domain, works for hire, copyright duration, licenses and contracts, Creative Commons, fair use, and dealing with orphan works. Participants will apply the rights statements to objects found in typical collections such as books, manuscripts, commercial photographs, family papers and snapshots, yearbooks, maps, and more.



IM DPLA Fest 2017 –Thank you!!—



Second Annual Indiana Memory (IM) DPLAFest

September 8th, 2017

Indianapolis Public Library Central Library

Riley Meeting Room (except where noted)

8:30 Coffee and Light Breakfast

9-10 Welcome and Updates/Business Meeting (agenda here)

10-11 Keynote: Advancing the National Digital Platform: The State of Digitization in US Public and State Libraries. OCLC Report

Kendra Morgan, OCLC

This presentation will focus on the results of a recently conducted survey of public libraries about their digitization activities, including their knowledge of and participation in DPLA. The fascinating results look at the state of digitization in public and state libraries including staffing levels, digitization by type, training, preservation and much more.

11-11:15 Break

11:15-12 Introduction to Rights Statements: The Known Unknowns

IMDPLA Metadata and Aggregation Committee

This session will discuss issues around rights for digital items being shared to DPLA and will gather questions for an upcoming IMDPLA Rights Workshop with Greg Cram, the copyright attorney for the New York Public Library.

12-1 Lunch (Provided) 

Served in Knall Meeting Room

1-1:30 Poster and Demo Session/Networking/LEU Pickup

Jill Black, Digitizing newspapers: A medium-oriented workflow

Meaghan Fukunaga, Controlled Vocabulary  Creation: Indianapolis Firefighting Apparatus

Amanda Hurford, What are YOUR Barriers to Digitization?

IM DPLA Metadata/Aggregation Committee, Clearing Up Murky Metadata Issues

Jenny Johnson and Anna Proctor, 3-D Scanning Technology

Kristi Palmer, Chronicling Hoosier: Using Big Data to Examine Age Old Questions

1:30-2:30 Crafting a Successful Grant Application at All Levels Panel

Moderator: Samantha Norling, Indianapolis Museum of Art

Regardless of the type or size of an organization, one of the most common barriers to undertaking digital projects is the availability of funds. In this session, speakers from a variety of institutional settings (public library, museum, and university) will share their first-hand experiences and lessons learned in successfully applying for financial support to pursue digital projects of importance to their communities. Together, their experiences will provide a comprehensive exploration of the funding landscape, encompassing both small and large public grant programs at the state and national levels, as well as larger private foundation funds.

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:15 The State of LSTA and Digitization Grants in Indiana

  • Jennifer Clifton, Indiana State Library
  • Connie Rendfeld, Indiana State Library

With the 2018 federal budget still uncertain for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library Services and Technology Act program may be in jeopardy. With many parties fighting for library funding, Jen Clifton and Connie Rendfeld will discuss the state of the program, and the possible impact on 2018 grants in Indiana. Connie will also share recommendations for developing a strong grant project.

3:15-3:30 Wrap up

Generously Sponsored by:

Indianapolis Public Library


Library Services Technology Act

Indiana State Library


Indiana State University Cunningham Memorial Library

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IUPUI University Library




DPLAfest 2017: Post-fest Wrap Up


Check out news, notes, images, and presentations form DPLAfest 2017.